RUSA Gail Schlachter Memorial Research Grant

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Isadore Gilbert Mudge circa 1932

The Gail Schlachter Memorial Research Grant was established in memory of Dr. Gail A. Schlachter by her children Sandy Hirsh and Eric Goldman, with contributions from her family and friends.“We are excited that our mom’s legacy will live on through this research grant, and we are looking forward to seeing the impact of this grant program on reference and user services.”

Dr. Gail A. Schlachter worked for nearly five decades in the library and information fields as a reference librarian, a library administrator, a library educator, an author of library-oriented reference works, a reviewer of reference resources, and publisher at Reference Service Press of both print and electronic materials. During her career, Schlachter was elected several times to the governing councils of the American Library Association (ALA) and California Library Association, served as the president of ALA’s Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), and was selected first as the reference review editor and then as the editor-in-chief of Reference and User Services Quarterly, RUSA’s official reference-oriented journal. In recognition of her outstanding contributions to the field of reference librarianship, she received the Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award, was honored with the Louis Shores Award, and received numerous honors for her publications. She was inducted into the California Library Hall of Fame after she died in 2015. To learn more about what Gail Schlachter meant to people in field, see the Fall 2015 issue of RUSA “Remembering Gail Schlachter” and the ALA Memorial Resolution.

The Gail Schlachter Memorial Research Grant will be awarded annually in the amount of $5,000 to financially support to an individual or collaborative group conducting research into reference or user services whose research projects aim to better understand or answer key questions related to connecting people to resources, information services, and collections.




Applications may be submitted through the online application form

Questions should be directed to the committee chair.


Submission Guidelines

Submit the following materials:

  1. Proposed research project
  2. Methodology, scope and timeline
  3. Detailed budget
  4. How this project fits into the existing literature
  5. Project outcomes (Including outlining how this research will address a currently critical issue in reference and user services service that is national in scope)

For questions and additional information please contact the RUSA office.



Award Recipients

2020: Jenn Stayton, Frances Chung and Anima Bajracharya of the University of North Texas Libraries

2019: Adriana Gonzalez and her team, Jason Coleman, Ryan Otto and Joelle Pitts, from Kansas State University